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Sharing Can Be Hard: The Risks of Distributed Work Space

By John J. Slater III on September 9, 2015
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When mother encouraged you to be nice and share with others she likely did not have office space in mind. ... Read More »

Show Me the Money! Negotiating Tenant Allowances

By on April 6, 2015
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Tenant Allowances are cash contributions made by a landlord to a tenant to prepare the premises for business. Landlords offer... Read More »

Rooftop Leasing – Landlords, Look Before You Leap!

By Ronald W. Ruth and Paula G. Curry on March 30, 2015
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This month’s edition of Shopping Centers Today, the magazine of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc., features an article... Read More »

Massachusetts Permit Session Jurisdiction Explained

By Sander A. Rikleen and Jennifer L. Ioli on February 27, 2015
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On February 27th, the Massachusetts Appeals Court again held that certain land use appeals under Mass. G.L.c. 185, §3A, cannot... Read More »

What You Need To Know: Boston and Cambridge Energy Use Disclosure Ordinances

By Jennifer L. Ioli on January 5, 2015
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On July 28, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts enacted an energy use disclosure ordinance, joining Boston and several other cities. The Cambridge... Read More »

Take Advantage of the Massachusetts Personal Property Tax Exemption for Solar Installations

By Sander A. Rikleen and Bethany A. Bartlett on December 17, 2014
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The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board recently addressed the situation in which a land owner used a solar power system to... Read More »

Preexisting, Nonconforming Uses and Structures: A Recent Appeals Court Clarification

By Thomas P. Gorman on October 22, 2014
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Revisions to local zoning ordinances look prospectively. Thus, when a zoning ordinance is enacted prohibiting a specific use in any particular... Read More »

SJC Decision Permits Solicitation of Nominating Signatures at Supermarket Entrance

By Joshua M. Alper on October 14, 2014
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Owners and operators of supermarkets and other commercial property in Massachusetts should be aware that on October 10th, the Supreme... Read More »

Recent Changes to the Law of Private Construction Contracts – Your Government is Here to Help You Again

By Peter Friedenberg on October 3, 2014
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As part of the end-of-session rush at the General Court this summer, significant changes were made to Massachusetts law governing... Read More »

Recorded Deed with Defective Acknowledgement Fails to Provide Constructive Notice to Third Parties

By Sherin and Lodgen on September 24, 2014
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In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a real property grantee could not be... Read More »